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1919-21 W514 Strip Card Set

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Fast Facts

Year(s) Issued: 1919-1921
Set Designation: W514
Number Cards: 120
Card Size: 1-7/16" x 2-1/2"
Common Card Value (Good Condition): $20
Scarcity Rating: (1 to 10, 10 scarcest):  5

Full W514 Checklist

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W514 Strip Card Set

Keys For Collectors

  • One of the more popular and largest strip card sets with 120 total cards 
  • As with other early strip sets, the fronts consist of crude player drawings and blank backs
  • Some advertising backs are known to exist but are quite rare.  Here are a few 
  • A huge collector attraction is the inclusion of 7 out of 8 Black Sox scandal players, including 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson
  • Also includes big name Hall of Famers including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson.
  • Beware five card strips with Joe Jackson; a lot of fakes have been floating around.

Watch Out For Fake W514 Shoeless Joe Jackson Cards

The W514 Shoeless Joe Jackson card is one of the highest valued cards in the hobby, thus it is no surprise that it often a common target for counterfeiters.  We've seen a lot of fake Jackson cards in five card uncut strips, although there are also real ones that came in strips of five.  Thus you need to be aware that not only has Jackson's card been reproduced, his card has been reproduced in a five card uncut version.  Here's a recent one that we came across:


A fake W514 uncut strip with Shoeless Joe Jackson


The back of a fake uncut strip 

Now here's the same exact uncut strip, but a REAL version.  To the naked eye it might be nearly impossible to tell the difference.  That's most certainly where a black light would be very helpful in identifying the fake.  The cardboard on the fake above just appears thick to me and not in line with a real version. 


And the back.  On a lot of the strip cards, you can actually see a bleed through on the back from the text and images from the front of the card.  Remember, the stock on these cards is quite thin and thus it's only natural that the ink would bleed through to the back.  The fake above has a whiter and unnatural look that will become more familiar as you inspect more strip cards.


W514 Cards for Sale on eBay

Hugo Bezdek Pirates Manager #83 1919-21 W514 Hand Cut Strip Card SGC 3.5 VG+

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1919-21 W514 Strip Cards #70 Ivan Olson Brooklyn Robins NL

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1919 Fred Merkle Chicago Cubs W 514-1 Strip Card

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